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When it comes to action I prefer anime as the format but for most everything else manga is my preference. My favorite anime are Naruto, Cowboy Bebop, Bleach, Ouron Highschool Host Club(the only non-action that I prefer as anime), and Last Exile but my favorite manga is Akagami no Shirayukihime (no competition there) but for second place there's Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, Venus Capriccio, Kyuukyoku Venus, and Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen.
What I do is visualize the general basis of what my character or situation could look like. After imagining it, I sketch it out on paper with pencil. I then go over in pen, making changes as I see fit. For left handed artists like me, I'd suggest turning the paper upside-down when you draw things pointed toward the left (right in your point of view) to keep the natural swivel of your wrist to make natural curves in your drawing.
I'm a bit of a sucker for Romance, while action and comedy are fun as well. I also enjoy darker themes. Sword Art Online, Angel Beats!, and Kore Ha Zombie Desu Ka? are a couple of my favourites, while I also like Ranma 1/2, D N Angel, and Black Cat.
Just recently I watched, Cute High Earth Defense Love and it was adorable.I highly recommend it. I like shonen anime a lot but, I also really like shojo. Ouran High host club and Free! are my kinds of anime BUT, my favorite anime ever is Fullmetal Alchemist. Haha I guess I just like all kinds of anime.